The Confidence in the Future of Cambodia
News From Cambodia N° 0739E
The confidence in the future of Cambodia, Does the example come from the people?
November 15th, 2007
We publish below two articles on a poor farmer’s son of Cambodia namely Chay Lo, now known as one of « the most remarkable young of the planet »! These two articles raise the difficult course of this young 31-year-old Cambodian. He had to fight against many difficulties of which the disease. His merit is inseparable of a network of support and helps of many French personalities such as Mrs Dumas, Mrs Virginie Legrand, Professor of medicine Bernard Andreassian, Doctor Patricia Labourier, François Jacquenoud. We gratefully thank these personalities for their helps which allowing a young Cambodian to realize his dream.
Chay Lo chose a wife who shares his dream. Because agreeing to live in couple with 500 US dollars a month, even in Cambodia, with his knowledge and his invention, is not already a great example which deserves to be underlined?
By so doing, Chay Lo gives a lesson to other Cambodians, in particular those who live easily abroad! Instead of spending time cursing the past and complaining about the darkness, Chay Lo switches on and lights up a small candle.
There are also Cambodian professors of university in France, retired or not, in cooperation with other colleagues of the French universities, with helps of Cambodian and French companies and the international and French organizations, with finally the contributions, which we wish more numerous, of Cambodian community abroad, who, for the last fifteen years, organize the NGO to transfer their scientific and technical knowledge to our fellow countrymen in Cambodia. The formed Cambodian technicians, of level BTS (Bacc + 3 years) are, now very popular and guarantee comfortably their life. So these Cambodian professors and companies with the helps of their French colleagues have other candles to fight against the darkness. So these multitudes of candles will eventually light up slowly the darkness and ignorance.
« Tak Tak Penh Bampoang, Chong Chong Roling Theng »
(Drop by drop the glass will fulfill, with big fountains, the glass will be knocked down) a Cambodian saying.
We reproduce the last paragraph of the second article:
« Since the childhood, he (Chay Lo) is convinced that he owes to « help the poors rather than to work only with rich people. » Chay Lo asks « if everybody is interested only in the big companies, then who is going to help people of the rural zones? » A way of making with the smile, which was given to him ».
This example shows that Cambodian people conceal enormous possibilities if we give her only the possibility of having education properly. Our country needs dozens, even hundreds of thousand of Chay Lo. Can the education system of the current regime, with foreign languages in universities, allow Cambodian student the possibility of forming quickly high education such as engineers or technicians in big amount as at our neighbors? Naturally there is also a problem of the very badly paid professors and the medieval programs. With the current system, how can we share the fundamental knowledge from all people of the developed countries of the world to the whole Cambodian people? François Ponchaud blames that our language is being poor in abstract words.. It's true, but who helps us to develop our language of the words which are missing? All languages of the world are evolving quickly with the development of the sciences and the techniques. It is not necessary to invent inevitably new words to express the totality of the new concepts of the modern knowledge. In the past our people have already adopted the word « Sabou » for soap, the word « butters » etc. Nowadays, Cambodians adopted the word "Computer" appoint computers. All the languages of the world are evolving quickly with the development of the sciences and the techniques. This education's development can be made only in the development of the mother tongue of the country at universities as shown the multiple experiences in the world. For example, in Canada, how the French speakers are obliged to fight continuously against the English invasion. At present the problems in Belgium do not raise of language’s problems in schools and universities?
We wish that Chay Lo and the other Cambodians, help our people in an even more essential domain for the future of our country : the development of the education of the national language in universities, in particular in scientific, technical, philosophic domains and the other human sciences.
We wish that Chay Lo and other Cambodians help our people in an even more essential domain for the future of our country : the development of the education of the national language in universities, in particular in scientific, technical, philosophic domains and the other human sciences.
We wish that this exemplary route of our fellow countryman Chay Lo, gives acceleration to our fellow countrymen in the confidence in the future of our very dear Motherland.